Overview

These statistics are based on quarterly data submitted to the Planning Permit Activity Reporting System (PPARS) by 78 Victorian responsible authorities.

Note that as of publication, 84% of councils had submitted the Q1 2019-20 data. It does not contain data from Boroondara, Campaspe, Central Goldfields, Gannawarra, Hepburn, Hindmarsh, Horsham, Maribyrnong, Mitchell, Mornington Peninsula, Mount Alexander, Murrindindi and West Wimmera.

The availability of Ministerial Data:

Due to an unresolved technical issue with internal DELWP systems, the PPARS quarterly report data does not currently include any applications or decisions made by the Minister for Planning during the 2018-19 and 2019-20 financial years.

This report covers planning permit activity for the state. The data is aggregated and consistently presented at four levels:

  • statewide activity
  • activity in metropolitan Melbourne and regional Victoria
  • activity across six sub-regions, including three metropolitan groups and three regional groupings
  • individual planning scheme activity.

Planning Permit Activity in Victoria in Q1 2019-20

  • The number of applications received by responsible authorities was 11,570, a decrease of 7% on last quarter.
  • The number of decisions made on applications was 12,227, a decrease of 2% on last quarter.
  • Planning permits were issued for an estimated $5.9 billion in estimated cost of works.
  • 67% of non-VicSmart applications were decided within sixty days, a increase of 2% on last quarter.
  • 409 applications were determined at VCAT.
  • 12% of permits issued involved a change in land use; the majority of these to a Residential use.

List of planning schemes included in regions and subregions (PDF, 266.2 KB)


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Graphs & tables

Application activity across Victoria

The following table tracks applications received and decided for this quarter and the previous years quarter:

Region or subgroup Applications received Q1 2018-19 Applications received Q1 2019-20 % Change Applications decided Q1 2018-19 Applications decided Q1 2019-20 % Change
Victoria 13,996 11,569 -17% 13,671 12,227 -11%
Metropolitan region 10,016 7,973 -20% 9,922 8,528 -14%
Inner and middle urban 5,762 4,952 -14% 5,754 5,166 -10%
Outer urban 2,688 1,645 -39% 2,720 1,870 -31%
Growth areas 1,566 1,376 -12% 1,448 1,492 3%
Rural Region 3,980 3,596 -10% 3,749 3,699 -1%
Peri-Urban 1,253 960 -23% 1,077 1,036 -4%
Regional city LGAs 1,519 1,531 1% 1,445 1,553 7%
Small and medium regional 1,208 1,105 -9% 1,227 1,110 -10%

Dwelling related activity across Victoria

The following table identifies permit applications that relate to residential use:

Region or subgroup Total dwelling permits issued Q1 2018-19 Total dwelling permits issued Q1 2019-20 Percentage of total permits issued Permits for one dwelling Permits for multiple dwellings Net gain of new dwellings Total permits issued
Victoria 8,371 7,361 70% 1,098 1,680 10,071 10,517
Metropolitan region 6,325 5,403 75% 488 1,499 8,551 7,209
Inner and middle urban 3,896 3,412 79% 158 916 6,222 4,342
Outer urban 1,734 1,217 77% 123 373 1,001 1,577
Growth areas 695 774 60% 207 210 1,328 1,290
Rural Region 2,046 1,958 59% 610 181 1,520 3,308
Peri-Urban 652 605 67% 204 39 334 897
Regional city LGAs 784 835 60% 200 128 938 1,396
Small and medium regional 610 518 51% 206 14 248 1,015

Applications received by scheme

This chart shows the number of applications received in each of the 82 planning scheme areas for each finished quarter of the current financial year.

Applications received during the quarters by planning scheme area

Download a spreadsheet of the data in the graph above (Excel, 10.5 KB).


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Reports

Statewide planning permit activity

The permit activity occurring within each local government area is aggregated to provide a statewide summary position.

Statewide report

Planning permit activity by metropolitan and rural Victoria

Information is aggregated to provide a perspective on metropolitan Melbourne and rural/regional Victoria.

Planning permit activity by subgroup

Compare three metropolitan and three rural subgroups that have similar planning activity or geography.

Planning permit activity by municipality

The level, nature and scale of activity varies across the many municipalities in the state, reflecting different locational, social, economic, environmental and historical situations.

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